A Man Wanted to Treat All His Children Fairly, but His Current Wife Thought His Children from A Previous Marriage Should Have Their Inheritance Cut

A man grappled with how to divide his assets between his four children. A situation further complicated by his wife’s stance. Here is what the man had to say:

The Man Had Children From His Previous Marriage

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The man said, “I’ve got two boys with my ex-wife and a boy and a girl with my wife, in that order. The boys primarily live with their mom.”

He Wanted To Treat Everyone Fairly

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The man expressed his desire to divide his assets equally among all four children, feeling a responsibility towards them all. However, his current wife held a different viewpoint. She believed that their mutual children should receive a larger percentage because the man’s ex-wife is financially well-off and the boys are already well provided for.

There Was A Financial Disparity

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The financial disparities between the two households were substantial. The man’s ex-wife, who had primary custody of their sons, was considerably wealthier than him and his current wife.

The Man Felt Guilty

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Both the man and his ex-wife refrained from paying child support, as she earned significantly more money. This financial gap fueled the man’s guilt, as he recognized that his ex-wife had contributed substantially, both financially and through her efforts, to raising their sons.

He Was The Breadwinner

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In contrast, the man’s current wife had been a stay-at-home mom, briefly working part-time when their mutual children were around 6-7 years old. However, she subsequently decided not to pursue employment. This decision left the financial burden primarily on the man’s shoulders.

He Had Arranged How His Estate Would Be Distributed

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The man had planned his estate to divide his share equally among all four children, with his wife’s share allocated exclusively to their mutual children. This arrangement also included the stipulation that if one spouse passed away, the surviving spouse would not receive any inheritance.

But His Wife Was Unhappy

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The man explained, “My wife thinks I am converting her household labor to cash and giving it to my ex-wife, which makes no sense to me. While I value her contributions to everything, she did benefit from living without a job for so long and continues to do so. I do not mind providing for her. So it felt unfair to say I was exploiting her. And my ex-wife is not receiving any money from me whatsoever; only my sons are.”

It Was A Complex Situation

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Another factor contributing to the dispute was the emotional heirlooms that the man’s sons and daughter had already received from his mother. Although these items held sentimental value, they did not have significant monetary value.

Was The Man In The Wrong?

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The man was left questioning his decision. He wondered if he should consider the financial well-being of his ex-wife and the emotional heirlooms his children had already received when determining how to divide his estate.

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “Your children are all equally yours, whether they have different mothers or not, so you’re right to want to treat them equally.”

Another Person Commented

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Another person said, “So she wants to shortchange your other kids because your ex made good financial decisions? If she wants her kids to be on an equal footing with your other kids, then maybe she should do what your ex-wife did and provide for her family financially. If she doesn’t want to work, then she should live with the consequences of her decision.”

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